Fall Girl Empowerment Conferences

Business Chica Conference (El Paso, TX)
September 26 from 10am-3:30pm
Southwest University Auditorium
The Business Chica workshop is presented by Latinitas in partnership with Southwest University. The workshop is open to girls ages 10-17. The Business Chica workshop is focused on encouraging local girls to discover their entrepreneurial spirit, to learn about careers in the business sector and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century. The conference takes place at Southwest University Auditorium on September 26 from 10am-3:30pm. Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. By meeting inspirational professional mentors, girls will be inspired to dream big and reach their full potential. Local girls are invited to explore their future careers and meet inspirational female leaders. Tickets are available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-chica-conference-tickets-18156374204 

Healthy Chica (Austin, TX)
October 24 from 9am-4pm
Austin Community College: Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Road, Austin, TX 78702, USA
This all day event for any girls ages 9-18 uses media and technology to explore and redefine the messages we get about health, wellness, fitness and nutrition.  Using video, photography, blogging and other digital technology girls and teens will create public service announcements, photo essays and other projects to express what they think is healthy, good eating and living well. Get your tickets at: https://latinitas.ticketbud.com/healthy-chica-conference

Business Chica Conference Motivates Future Business Leaders

Business Chica Conference Encourages Girls to Reach Their Business Dreams

WHO: The Business Chica workshop is presented by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering local girls, in partnership with Southwest University. The workshop is open to girls ages 10-17.

WHAT: The Business Chica workshop is focused on encouraging local girls to discover their entrepreneurial spirit, to learn about careers in the business sector and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century.

WHERE: Southwest University Auditorium

WHEN: September 26 from 10am-3:30pm

WHY: Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. By meeting inspirational professional mentors, girls will be inspired to dream big and reach their full potential. Local girls are invited to explore their future careers and meet inspirational female leaders. The Business Chica Conference is created especially for pre-teen and teen girls. It will feature girl-friendly, unique hands-on workshops, motivational speeches, interactive activities, exhibits and inspiring career presentations. At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet role models in different fields and learn more about careers in those fields.

Tickets are available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-chica-conference-tickets-18156374204 

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Young Austin Girls Learning to Code at Latinitas Tech Camp

Young Austin Girls Learning to Code at Latinitas Tech Camp

http://www.twcnews.com/tx/austin/news/2015/07/30/young-austin-girls-learning-to-code-at-latinitas-tech-camp.html

A group of young Latina girls are taking part in coding boot-camp at an Austin software company.

Girls ages 9-14 have met engineers, designers and programmers at Blackbaud and are getting lessons in basic computer coding, as well as some good advice for life.

“Don’t let anything stop you from your dreams, whether you’re a girl or a boy or you’ve got black hair or blond hair, doesn’t matter, you can all do it, OK?” Blackbaud Quality Assurance Tester David Dauber told the group.

The 10 hour coding boot-camp runs from July 30-31.

The campers will also work in teams to create a mobile application that can help their communities.

The coding camp is organized by the nonprofit group Latinitas.

Blackbaud is a leading global provider of software and services specifically designed for nonprofit organizations.

Quince DIY Projects

For those quince girls trying to plan a quinceanera on a budget, do-it-yourself projects can help keep you within budget.  Save money by making your own decorations, accessories and party items. Become a crafty chica and get your hot glue gun ready. Follow these easy DIY steps to create a memorable and personalized quince celebration.

Bouquet:
Make your own flower decorations.
Supplies: Flowers, tule, ribbon, feathers, paper towel cardboard.
Steps: Insert flowers into a paper towel roll and glue it into place with hot glue. Add tule, ribbon and feathers to make the bouquet stand out and look more full. Wrap the paper towel roll with ribbon.

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Toast Glasses: 
Decorate glasses for your toast by writing an XV with glitter glue.
Supplies: Glasses, glitter glue, ribbon, tule and decorations
Steps: Decorate the base with tule, ribbon and small decorations.

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Last Doll:
Use an old Barbie doll as your last doll to give to a younger sibling or cousin during the quince ceremony.
Supplies: Ribbon, tule and Barbie doll.
Steps: Wrap tule around the Barbie with the color theme of your party. Use tule to create a fancy dress for your doll.

last doll

XV Decorations:
To decorate the walls or entrance of the quince party ballroom, make a large collage in the shape of XV.
Supplies: Foam board, scissors, pictures, decorations
Steps: Cut out a large X and V out or 15 out of foam board. Decorate the foam board with pictures that show your favorite memories. Add decorations.

   Quince Decorations

Money Box:
Use a shoebox to create your own money box for cards and gifts.
Supplies: Shoebox, scissors, glue, tissue paper, decorative wrapping paper or fabric.
Steps: Cut a slot at the top of the shoebox. Wrap it with tissue paper or wrapping paper. Add decorations to personalize it.

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Guest Book:
Turn a composition book into a guest book that will capture the memories and messages of your friends and family members.
Supplies: Composition book,tissue paper, fabric, decorations, scissors, glue
Steps: Wrap the composition book with tissue paper or fabric coordinating with the color of your party. Glue it into place and add decorations.

guestbook

 

KTSM Special Report

KTSM Special Report

 

(KTSM) El Paso, Texas

“I like to put my earrings on like the dangly ones and I don’t really like to wear dresses because I don’t think they are very comfortable,” said Giana Quezada.

Confidence, Intelligence and happiness; words to describe a more realistic definition of beauty. With a young mind and a heart full of love, these young girls set out to find their place in the world.

“What you see on a magazine cover isn’t necessarily real,” says Alicia Rascon, Executive director of Latinitas.

A message that can be easily buried beneath photo shopped images and over-sexualized celebrities.

That is where “The Latinitas” step in.

Latinitas is a non-profit focused on empowering young Latinas through media and technology.  An all-girls diva summer camp where the ages range from 9 to 14 years old.

“Our first week of camp is called ‘Fashionista,’ and it’s all about getting girls to express themselves through fashion and to be creative with their style so the girls are going to be creating their own fashion magazine,” says Alicia Rascon.

Activities highlighting not just the girl’s strengths, but also setting a better path for their future.

“I think especially for Hispanic girls, when you look at some of the statistics young Latinas have the highest high school dropout rate, compared to our Caucasian and African American peers. Hispanic girls right now have the highest teen suicide rate and we also have the highest teen pregnancy rate, so we want girls to know that these aren’t the only options for them that they can break these stereotypes, that they can change these statistics around,” says Rascon.

What inspired the name Latinitas?

“We kind of wanted to create a label, a new label where girls could really could embrace something that’s unique about them,” says Rascon.

The camp also features presentations by community leaders and college driven women that can inspire a once shy girl, into a smiling confident 10-year old.

“I was a little shy the first week because I didn’t really know anybody there, like a couple of days we got to know each other and we got to socialize and it was pretty fun,” says Quezada.

“We feel like that’s a big area where a lot of them have grown. A lot of them are boosting their confidence, boosting their self-esteem,” says Rascon.

Characteristics that could help shape tomorrow’s leaders.

“I want to be a veterinarian or a veterinarian assistant to take care of animals help them if they are sick, and I love animals so yeah,” said  Quezada.

Giana’s mom says she’s seen a difference in her daughter

“What’s great is wherever we go she’s picked up on so many friends and she’s just so outgoing,” says Patricia Quezada, Giana’s mother.

This is Giana’s second time at the camp, and she’s already planning her next visit.

“If I had a time machine that it would be here, the camp would be here, I would go back in time to be here in the camp,” says Giana,  “but if it didn’t exist I would be really sad because I wouldn’t have the friends I have.”

A time machine that can launch these girls not into the past, but into a future of confident, strong and driven “Latinitas.”

Real Talk About Your Self-Esteem

Latinitas share their self-esteem advice, thoughts on true beauty, ideas on how media impacts girls and their confidence tips.

How does media negatively impact girls’ body image?
Media affects girls by making them think they are not pretty enough or that they are not wearing a pretty size and it makes girls want to change themselves in the wrong way.
-Jacklyn, Nicole & Kayla

 

Why is it important to have a good body image?

 

  • So they don’t have to feel bad about themselves.
  • So you could stay healthy.
  • So young teenage girls won’t self abuse themselves because they think they are ugly or hideous.
  • They will be happy with themselves and love life and not hate it.
  • So they could think good things about themselves and not think they are not pretty.
  • So they won’t lower their self-esteem.

-Destiny, Kendrea, Desiree, Julia, Lanal

 

What are the negative consequences of having a low self-esteem?

  • Harming yourself
  • Feeling less confident
  • Thinking low of yourself
  • Being angry
  • Feeling depressed and unpleasant.

-Layla, Ashley, Alex, Iris, Savanna

 

Why do you think photoshopping model photos is bad?

  • Because if they don’t like your picture they change it.
  • Because it is not the real you.
  • Even if you think you are pretty, they change you up.
  • You don’t look the same.

-Nevaeh, Chriss, Katelyn, Nicole

 

Do you think altered photos can hurt girl’s self-esteem?

  • It is awful because they don’t look that way and girls wish they were them.
  • It makes me angry because we want to be appreciated for who we are and not just what we look like.
  • It makes girls sad because they don’t appreciate how they look.
  • It makes girls sad because they don’t actually look that way.

-Avan, Dyani, Aileen

 

Why is it important not to compare yourself to models?

  • Because you are beautiful the way you are
  • You should just be yourself all the time
  • Models aren’t perfect they just use photoshop.

-Ayla & Amanda

 

What would you tell a friend if she wasn’t confident in herself?

  • To believe in yourself
  • To think positive
  • Don’t listen to other negative opinions
  • Be who you are

-Natalie, Alyssia, Natalia

 

What advice do you have to help girls boost their self-esteem?

  • Remember people don’t all look the same.
  • You are pretty in your own way.
  • We should focus on the brain and not just the body.
  • You are perfect the way you are.
  • You don’t need makeup to look perfect. You are beautiful the way you are.
  • Everyone is different.
  • We can’t all be models.
  • Say positive things about yourself.
  • Remember a lot of the models are photoshopped and don’t look that way for real.

-Amree, Tatiana, Johnnie, Diamond

Sponsor a Girl in Camp

Making plans for summer? What would be more satisfying than sending a chica in need to camp! Help sponsor a deserving girl to our summer camp program. A monthly recurring gift of $10 helps secures a spot for a girl to do a week of film making, video game creation, fashion media and design, yoga, zumba, art, field trips – the works! $10 a month for 10 months can help provide a camp scholarship! https://co.clickandpledge.com/sp/d1/default.aspx?wid=69931

Volunteer Spotlight Aim High Chairs

Latinitas would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our Aim High Co-Chairs – Lucia Hernandez and Stephanie Moreno. Both women have educational and career experience in the science field and took on the role of inspiring the next generation of female leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Lucia Hernandez was motivated to join Latinitas because she wanted “to give back to my community.” She has a masters in public health from UTEP and currently works at the YWCA coordinating the Two Should Know program. “I feel that with my experience in the work force I have skills that can help move the mission of the latinitas forward. I hope to help young Latina women embrace themselves and become strong, confident, independent woman.”

100 Mujeres Campaign

JOIN THE 100 MUJERES CAMPAIGN

Latinitas is kicking-off a campaign to rally women to help ensure the future success of young Latinas. We are starting a movement to unite 100 mujeres in the cause of empowering young Latinas. We invite women leaders to make an investment in the next generation of Latina leaders. Your monthly donation of $10 can make a significant difference in helping empower Latinitas to build confidence, discover their voice and become leaders.

HOW DOES YOUR $100 DONATION MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

$10 a month for 10 months helps cover…
-sponsorship for a week-long half day summer camp for 1 girl
-give 5 girls a field trip to a college campus
-sponsor 1 girl in our after school program for 1 full semester
-host a multimedia arts empowerment workshop for 10 girls
-help 10 girls attend one of our girl empowerment conferences
-provide media training for 1 youth editorial advisory board member for 1 semester
-contribute towards a $500 university scholarship for a college leader

Click here to make your contribution.

Program Bulletin July 2015

MULTIMEDIA ARTS SUMMER CAMP 
This Summer, local girls have an opportunity to get a taste of what their life could be like as a movie star, a news anchor, a photographer, a radio dj, a magazine writer, a fashion designer, a model, a poet, a graphic designer and more in Latinitas multimedia art camps. Latinitas is hosting multimedia arts summer camps throughout the month of July. Our camps are focused on encouraging girls to build confidence and express themselves creatively through photography, filmmaking, dance, fashion, acting, creative writing and visual arts. Girls will have a chance to create their own photo essays, girl’s magazine, clay ceramics, paintings, drawings, fashion designs and jewelry. The program will include sessions on creating original media projects like newscasts, video documentaries, blogs, audio podcasts, and photography documentaries.

July 6- August 7  
Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm
7000 Edgemere
For Girls 9-14  
  • Fashionista Camp – July 6-10
  • Hollywood Camp – July 13-17
  • Multimedia Arts Camp – July 20-24
  • Be YOUnique Camp – July 27-31
  • Tech Chica Camp – August 3-7
Discounts are available for military, siblings and girls registering for multiple weeks. A limited number of partial scholarships are available on a need basis. To reserve a spot, contact us at 915.219.8554, latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit: http://www.eventbrite.com
TEEN SUMMER CAMP INTERNS
July 7-August 6 at 7000 Edgemere
For High School Girls

Latinitas is accepting applications for high school girls interested in serving as summer camp interns. Summer camp interns develop their leadership, communication, multimedia and teamwork skills as they act as mentors for younger girls and serve as camp assistant leaders. Volunteers will guide small team activities, aid girls with self-expression projects, mentor younger girls, assist our presenters, help with set-up and break-down. Summer Camp Interns will meet dynamic women leaders, connect with other emerging youth leaders and have an impact on a younger generation. Summer Camp Interns will gain community service hours and the experience will look great on your resume and college application. Summer camp interns are asked to dedicate 80 hours during the course of six weeks (4 weeks of half day camps or 2 weeks of full day camps).

To apply for an internship, please complete this application:
http://laslatinitas.com/volunteer/internships
For more information, contact us at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

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